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Can Commodities Still Provide Shelter in the Storm as Both Stocks and Bonds Suffer Losses?

Yes, although such investments are not for the faint of heart. As we have seen in 2022, both stocks and bonds have lost value as inflation expectations have escalated. The current environment favors building robustness into portfolios, and exposure to commodities—in addition to high quality bonds—could be a part of this, particularly for investors whose […]

May 18, 2022

Fire: Net-Zero Plasma Diamonds

Fire is often a marker associated with the worst effects of climate change. But what if fire could actually be harnessed to help reverse it? In this episode, we meet Diamond Foundry, a company revolutionizing the diamond industry with their affordable, lab-created diamonds—free from the myriad of problems associated with the mining process. We’ll learn […]

May 16, 2022

VantagePoint: Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

Global inflation has been higher and more persistent than most economists anticipated. Some inflationary pressures related to the pandemic have started to show signs of easing, but new pressures related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and lockdowns associated with China’s “zero-COVID” policy create new challenges. At the same time, central banks have declared war on […]

May 9, 2022

Air: Planting 20M Trees by 2030

For most of human history, we’ve been cutting down trees. However, the acceleration of carbon credit markets and the societal demand for climate solutions are pushing us to re-think our relationship with them. So how can investors earn a compelling return from planting trees while helping to sequester carbon and increase biodiversity? We’ll travel to […]

May 3, 2022

Earth: Mushrooms and the Future of Meat

Livestock take up nearly 80% of global agricultural land yet produce only 20% of the world’s supply of calories—so how can we make feeding people more efficient? In this season two premiere of Unseen Upside , we visit an alternative protein company in Boulder, Colorado called Meati. There, we explore how a nutrient-rich fungi called […]

April 19, 2022

Unseen Upside Season 2 Trailer

Season two of the Unseen Upside podcast launches on April 19th. It explores elements of our natural world—and beyond—with the innovators and investors aiming to enhance and protect our future. Powered by the global network of Cambridge Associates, host Luke Charest will explore the investments being made that will improve our lives in unexpected ways. […]

April 11, 2022

Should the Latest Climate Research Catalyze Change in How Investors Think About Risk?

Yes. According to a recent report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health,” and the window of opportunity to “secure a livable and sustainable future for all” is rapidly closing. The new report highlights the considerable risks posed by climate change to […]

March 30, 2022

Would Adoption of Policies Like the Rooney Rule by Asset Allocators Encourage Greater Diversity Among Investment Managers?

No. Adoption of policies like the Rooney Rule—a requirement to interview at least one woman or person of color candidate for leadership positions by many companies and institutions—has not substantially improved diversity among leadership ranks. Given this reality, we doubt such policies would encourage greater diversity among investment managers. These policies are not created to […]

March 21, 2022